The research presented here is based on one-month of fieldwork, during which forty-twointerviews were conducted in and around Tabubil in Papua New Guinea's WesternProvince. I argue that non-renewable resource extraction creates particular forms ofinequality in Papua New Guinea, based on the legal status of customary landownership, anemerging class system associated with a form of nationalism which draws on imagery of ageneric notion of kastom, and the need for mining companies and the state to identifyclearly (geographically and territorially) bounded landowning groups as the recipients ofroyalty and compensation payments. While local actors may be deeply concerned aboutthe prospects for continued access to morally and materially desirable forms ofdevelopment following mine closure, elites working for Ok Tedi Mining Limited valorisekastom and ‘village life' in such a way that they at times refuse to frame the inevitableclosure of the mine as a problem.
|Number of pages||54|
|Journal||Durham Anthropology Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2012|